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mid-1960s Shiraz from Elliot Vineyard, rich soils, 4,200-6,000 b

2004

dark red, black tints. Solid bouquet – baked raisin with a fresher undernote, even grapefruit and aniseed lending cut, while the main fruit resembles blackcurrant. Fat, brimming start, holds its fruit most of the way, ends on a mineral touch, freshly. Evolves towards baked fruit, and a tight grip as it goes. A spine of tar and licorice brings up the finish, with chocolate on the aftertase. It grows on me as I return to it after half an hour, has an intense thrust, honest length, Rhône style. “The fruit was more exuberant before. It is the most dense, powerful, clumsy wine of our three – there is a classic McLaren Vale character to it,” Paul Carpenter. 14°. 2020-22 Oct 2009